Apple will rake in cash from Disney+ too

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The Mandalorian on Disney+
Watching The Mandalorian on Disney+ will probably make Apple money.
Photo: Disney/Cult of Mac

Apple and Disney are launching streaming video services this fall. Despite these being rivals, Apple will make money off both. There will be Disney+ apps for iOS and Apple TV, and consumers will be able to subscribe with in-app purchases, which means Apple gets a hefty cut of the revenue.

Plus, Star Wars fans can be assured they’ll be able to watch The Mandalorian when it debuts Nov. 12 with their iPad or other Apple computer.

Macs will be able to tune in through the web, though that won’t net Apple a share of the revenue.

But 30% of iOS and Apple TV in-app purchases go to Apple during their first year, and 15% goes to the iPhone maker each subsequent year. Unless Disney was able to convince Apple to take a smaller cut, of course.

A breakdown in revenue-sharing negotiations are likely the reason why there won‘t be a version of Disney+ for Amazon’s Fire devices. However, the service is coming to Google Chromecast, Android TV, Roku boxes, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Apple TV+ vs. Disney+

Apple’s streaming video service will include high-profile shows like the return of Stephen Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and Jason Momoa starring in See, a sci-fi epic world-building drama in which everyone in the world is blind.

There are dozens more in production, though an unconfirmed report says Apple TV+ will debut this November with just five shows. The service could start at $9.99 for a month’s subscription.

In contrast, Disney+ will cost $6.99 a month. It will include The Mandalorian, a prequel to the original three Star Wars movies.

Also debuting on November 12 will be a CGI version of Lady and the Tramp, a new High School Musical series, a Christmas-themed movie, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum.

Naturally, Disney will include its huge collection of content. Not to mention the movies and TV shows from the company’s ownership of Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.